Alicia Keys' National Anthem Performance At Super Bowl Criticized Because She Was Sitting
Alicia Keys is getting glowing reviews for her rendition of the
national anthem at this weekend's Super Bowl. However, she is also
getting criticized for not standing during the performance, during which
she was seated behind a grand piano. Some have assumed this is why the
NFL is blocking the video of Alicia singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"It was disrespectful," one morning show producer told The Huffington
Post. "They had enough time and manpower to think of this before the
performance. They could have had her stand at her piano keyboard and
sing. To me and a lot of my friends, she sounded great but the visual
Alicia isn't the first person to appear on live TV and be criticized for not standing during the song. In September 2012, Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan both remained seated
for at least half of the national anthem at the Republican National
Convention, which resulted in CNN issuing the following statement:
"CNN's anchors stood during the national anthem as soon as their cables
were disconnected and they were able to do so."
"Alicia is a proud American and was honored to perform at the event,"
says a publicist who has worked with Keys. "Her slow version of 'The
Star-Spangled Banner' was her own arrangement, accompanying herself on
the piano, adding 'living in the home of the brave' at the end of the
song. It's silly to see how that was being disrespectful."
However, the NFL says the performance has been removed on copyright
grounds. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is in the public domain, as it was
written before copyright laws existed. However, artists can copyright
their own arrangements of it. Whitney Houston did just that in 1991
after she performed a pre-recorded version of the song in the Super Bowl that year.
This has "nothing to do with the content of the performance but a
rights issue," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who added that NFL.com
plans to post the video shortly.
Edited by ScorpioLuv - Feb 05 2013 at 2:44pm